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Board Certified

What It Means and How to Get It

There are over 100,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas, but only 2% of the attorneys are Certified as Specialists in Personal Injury Trial Law.

“A Board Certified attorney is an attorney who has demonstrated special competence in a particular field in which the Texas Board of Legal Specialization has certified their competence. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was created by an order of the Supreme Court of Texas, and the Board members are appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas. The Board, in turn, administers the program through which an attorney may demonstrate their special competence in a particular area of law practice.”

(Source: Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

Here are some commonly asked questions:

How does the consumer know whether an attorney is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law?

A Board Certified attorney is entitled to indicate certification on their business card and letter-head by stating they are “Board Certified – Personal Injury Trial Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization”. They may display the Certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys – Board Certified”.

How long does an attorney remain certified in Personal Injury Trial Law?

Certification is for a period of five years. To remain certified after that time, every five years the attorney must apply for re-certification and meet the requirements for continued experience, peer review, and continuing legal education.

What are the general requirements for Board Certification in Personal Injury Trial Law?

All Personal Injury Trial Law Board Certified attorneys must have:

  • Been licensed to practice law for at least 5 years;
  • Practiced personal injury trial law for at least 3 years;
  • Devoted a minimum of 25% of their law practice to personal injury trial law;
  • Handled a wide variety of personal injury trial law matters to demonstrate experience and involvement;
  • Attended personal injury trial law continuing education seminars regularly to keep their legal training up to date;
  • Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges;
  • Passed a day-long written examination.

What special requirements must a lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law meet?

A lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law must have handled jury trials in cases involving vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, premises liability, products liability, statutory tort claims, maritime accidents, social security claims or claims involving mental anguish damages not necessarily accompanied by a physical injury. The lawyer must also have extensive knowledge of the rules of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law in the trial of civil cases.

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